NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Family, friends, colleagues, city officials and others gathered in Manhattan Friday to say goodbye to legendary 1010 WINS newsman Stan Brooks.
Brooks died Monday of cancer at his home surrounded by family. He was just one month shy of his 87th birthday.
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“His professional life was a testament to his belief that the story, not the reporter, was the star,” news director Ben Mevorach said. “There will never be another one like him.”
During the service, Brooks’ son George played a song he had written for his father on his 70th birthday. And while he was known as a radio legend, George said Brooks’ true instinct was to give love and share love.
“He was a quiet man, he was a humble man, he was an extremely loving man,” George said of his father.
Among those who spoke at the service was WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb, who worked along side Brooks at City Hall. “He has left a shining example of a life well lived and a career of great meaning. He has passed the torch, let us hold it high,” Lamb said.
Brooks joined 1010 WINS in 1962. He was named news director when the station changed to the all-news format two years later.
Born in the Bronx in 1927, he attended City College and was drafted into the infantry during World War II.
In 1967, he was named national correspondent for Westinghouse Broadcasting.
He covered everything from local to national stories, including the 1971 Attica Prison riot, Malcolm X’s funeral, the Sept. 11th terror attacks and countless others.
In the summer of 2003, Stan reported live from under his desk at City Hall as a gunman opened fire in the city council chambers. He signed off from his live report, “I’m outta here.”
“Stan Brooks was an institution in New York journalism,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a statement. “Stan was a true gentleman and will be missed by all those fortunate to have crossed paths with him, both personally and professionally.”
Last week, the Stan Brooks Radio Room was officially unveiled in City Hall.
“Stan was loved by his colleagues and friends inside and outside the business,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. “And maybe the most telling measure about him: he was even liked and respected by his most cranky listeners – the many mayors he covered.”
Brooks’ wife of 60 years died earlier this year. Though in poor health, Brooks continued to work. His final story was about a news conference on the city budget on Nov. 21.
“He was 86 years and 11 months old,” Mevorach wrote in a tribute to Brooks. “He worked until he was 86 years and 10 months old.”